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Recommendations for Medical School

Co-Curricular Activities:

Engage in co-curricular activities that interest you. Medical schools favor active engaged students They want to know your real interests. You also may wish to expand your abilities. This could be a good time to learn to play a musical instrument or to immerse yourself in a foreign language program. If you are shy, you might take a public speaking course or join a theatre group.

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Information for Pre-Medical Students

Working in a hospital or clinic has the added advantage of exposing you to the daily and even routine work of health care. Long term commitments are valued more by Medical Schools than are short stints of volunteer work.

Career Services Center:

Reception, General Info and Career Advising: (858) 534-3750 Professional and Graduate School Advising: (858)534-4939 Student Employment and Employer Relations: (858) 534-4472 Medical School Information: medicine.pdf


Engagement in research projects is not essential for medical school admission, however, Ph.D. programs value students engagement in research projects. They look for research engagements that demonstrate a genuine interest, an understanding of the project and an understanding of research methodology.

UCSD School of Medicine Post-Baccalaureate Program:

Letters of Recommendation:

Recommendation Letters and the Graduate / Professional Recommendation File Service: -service/

Medical schools will request 3 to 5 letters of recommendation. They often will require that one letter be written by a non-science faculty member (HUM 3,4,5 can help here). At a university with large classes, it is important that faculty members know your abilities. Answer questions in class, go to office hours, engage in independent study and reading courses, or join a research project. It's best to provide your recommender with a packet of information (resume, personal statement, transcript, etc.) If a faculty member seems hesitant, don't insist on a letter. Use the Recommendation Letters and the Graduate/Professional Recommendation File Service offered by the UCSD Career Services Center to organize your letters from faculty. Have your letters ready in a file at least one year before you intend to begin medical school.

Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR):

Published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, this book is updated annually and includes information on all U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools. This book can be purchased at the UCSD Bookstore. Visit their website at:


Revelle College Academic Advising

Osteopathic Medical College Information Book:

Published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, this book is updated annually and includes information on all U.S. Osteopathic Medical Schools. Visit their website at:

Phone: 858-534-3490 Website: Ask us a question at:

Updated 11/10/10

General Information

This handout is an introduction to the preparation needed by pre-medical students. It does not replace academic advising, available at the Revelle Provost's Office, or pre-medical advising available through the Career Services Center. In particular, check the quarterly schedule of programs offered by the Career Services Center. Since admission to medical school is competitive, you must develop your academic preparation and skills efficiently while remembering that academic excellence is not the only factor consider for admission. In a letter to the San Diego Union Tribune, UCSD former Dean Alksne said: "Through our screening process, we look beyond academic achievement for individuals who care for humankind, who can deal with stress and still be compassionate, who can solve problems when a patient's complaints don't match any in the textbooks and who will help the poor or unfortunate without expecting any reward other than the satisfaction that comes from contributing to someone else's well being."

Choosing a Major

You may choose any major provided that the medical school prerequisites are taken (See Pre-Medical Pre-Requisites). Sometimes a humanities major can be advantageous since Revelle requires much of the math and the science requirements. The rest of the pre-med pre-requisites can be used as a minor or an area of focus. If you take fewer science courses, you will need to do quite well in them to show that you can handle the basic sciences in medical school. "Speaking for one medical school, students should feel free to study what they wish, be it science or non-science. Demonstrating self-insight (knowing what they like) and ownership of their education is valued with our admission committee. We don't care what their major is; we only ask that if the student is a science major, that they take enough nonscience so that they learn to think through ethical cultural, and social issues and complications with the same ease that they determine how mass falls from a tree, and vice-versa. And to this, of course, add the social and interpersonal skill learning so important to a health patient/physician relationship that comes from career exploration, service to others, and leadership." David M. Owen Director of Admissions and Financial Aid University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine September 2007

Pre-Medical Pre-Requisites

Required Courses:

1 year of English (Humanities 1-5) 1 year of General Chemistry plus lab (CHEM 6ABC, CHEM 7L) 1 year of Calculus (MATH 10ABC or MATH 20ABC, depending on major). Some schools will require 1 Statistics course (MATH 11) 1 year of Physics, including lab (Physics 1, 2 or 4 series) 1 year of Organic Chemistry plus lab (CHEM 140ABC, CHEM 143A) 1 year plus of Biology (upper and lower division biology courses). Many schools will insist on a biology lab. (Enrolling in a class can be difficult if you are not a biology major. Speak with the biology department for more information on how you can enroll in a biology lab.)

The following courses are NOT required, but some students may benefit from additional courses in preparation for the MCATs (view course pre-requisites in UCSD catalog): - Genetics (BICD 100) - Mammalian Physiology (BIPN 100) - Biochemistry ((BIBC 100 or BIBC 102)+

(+ May be helpful in preparation for medical school)

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Medical schools will vary on how they view AP credits. Please consult with a pre-medical advisor at the Career Services Center for more details on AP credits and the requirements for the medical schools that interest you. Medical schools require applicants to study biology in college and will not accept AP biology credit in lieu of that. If you have already received credit for math and science courses via AP or the IB, you can take upper-division biology classes, honors chemistry, or math sequences for credit to meet pre-medical pre-requisites. We do not recommend repeating any courses in which you have already received AP credit. You will not receive any units or GPA points for repeating AP credit.

All of the pre-medical pre-requisites should be taken before the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). For more information on the MCATs please visit the Career Services Center site for their handout: medicine/verbalreasoning.pdf Or go to the MCAT website at: Multiple MCAT scores are handled differently at all schools. You should not take a first test as "practice" test.



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